St James Church - living and proclaiming new life in Christ


About God

We believe in God, the Almighty Father, who made the universe and in his only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Together with the Holy Spirit, they form the one true God in three persons. Yet, the Father is God, the Son is God and the Spirit is God (Matthew 28:19).

About Jesus

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1). He is both fully God and fully Man. While on earth, he lived a sinless life and so when he died, he did not die on account of his own sin, but on account of the sins of the whole world (Mark 10:45). That means that he died as our substitute (or in our place) so that we do not have to bear God's judgement and anger. (Isaiah 53:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus rose physically from the dead and now rules the universe as God's King. He gives new and full life to all those who trust in him. 

About the Holy Spirit

We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit, who like the Father and the Son, has existed forever and was involved in creation. The Holy Spirit indwells all those who put their trust in Christ, helping, empowering and enabling them to be more like Jesus. The Holy Spirit guarantees our place in heaven and keeps us from falling away from God. (Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 1:13-14)

About the Bible

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the standard by which we live. By ‘inspired' we mean that the Bible says that which God intends it to say. God speaks to us today through his ancient, yet ever-living Word. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

About you and I

We believe that humankind rebelled and continues to rebel against God. Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and as a consequence, death and sin are now part of the human condition. We are no better than Adam and Eve and fall under the same judgement from God who, because of his infinite holiness and purity, cannot tolerate our rebellion and sin. (Genesis 3, Romans 5:12-13)

About becoming a Christian

The moment we put our confident trust in Christ we are justified, meaning that God declares us ‘not guilty' , or innocent, on account of what Christ has done for us. It is a once off, once for all, binding, legal-type transaction. You can never be unjustified. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4). Once justified the natural, authentic response is a God-orientated life of good works (Ephesians 2:8-10).

About baptism

We practise both infant and believers baptism. We understand infant baptism to be the New Testament sign of children being part of the believing community - as was circumcision in the Old Testament. We therefore baptise children of Christian parents. Infant baptism does not imply or confer salvation. We also practise believer's baptism. Believer's baptism is an outward sign of an inward reality. It declares your death to self-sufficiency and your being made alive to God.

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We meet on Sundays at 9:30am and midweek on a Wednesday